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ultimate sacrifice. the navy s.e.a.l. killed by taliban forces during the rescue mission that saved an american doctor. we're in kabul with late details. breaking their silence, the deejays involved in that prank phone call to the duchess of cambridge's hospital sak out for the first time since the death of a nurse caught up in the gag. >> we couldn't see this happening. it was meant to be a prank call. >> and there's word this morning their radio show has been officially canceled. and three bucks a gallon. why your favorite gift this holiday season could be much lower gas prices "today," monday, december 10th, 2012.
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>> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. we'll have more on that navy s.e.a.l. who died in afghanistan in a moment. also new details on a tragic plane crash over the weekend that claimed the life of latin music sensation jennirivero. we'll get the details on that and talk to jenni's brother. les miserables star-studded cast will be here. deadly and daring raid in afghanistan that saved the life
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of an american doctor. atia abawi is in kabul. >> reporter: a turn of events as this navy s.e.a.l. lost his life saving a fellow american citizen in afghanistan. it all started in the early morning hours of sunday as a joint u.s. afghan special team went in to save the life of dr. dilip joseph, an american doctor who was kidnapped two days before with two members of his afghan staff. the staff was released earlier when a small ransom was made but the taliban was asking for $100,000 for dr. joseph's release. general john allen felt that his life was in imminent danger and then called for the rescue mission as special operations team lured the taliban in, saying they would pay the ransom. the taliban came. instead, they were met by this team who killed at least six
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taliban insurgents. unfortunately, this u.s. navy s.e.a.l. also lost his life. his identity has not yet been released but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifice has not been lost on dr. joseph's family who, in a statement released their condolences. >> atia abawi in kabul, thank you. the deejays who have made that prank call to the hospital where the duchess of cambridge had been staying have just learned that their show has been canceled after they made a
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public statement last night. >> reporter: since that interview, we learned that their show will be canceled and prank calls, like the one they made to this hospital, are being suspended by the radio station they work for. worldwide, the storm grows over kate middleton's nurse found dead last week. >> if we played any involvement in -- in her death, then we're very sorry for that. >> reporter: in tears today the australian deejays who made a prank call to kate's hospital, they have been subjected to death threats. >> nothing that can make me feel worse than i feel right now and what i feel for the family. we're so sorry that this has happened to them. >> reporter: speak iing out publicly for the first time in a series of australian television interviews about how they heard the nurse who answered the call had died. >> unfortunately, i remember that moment very well, because i haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened. and i remember my first question was, was she a mother?
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>> reporter: telling channel 9. >> worst phone call i've ever had in my life. >> shattered, gutted, heartbroken. are they doing okay and getting the love and support they need right now but personally, i'm -- >> there's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and what they must be going through. >> reporter: nurse jacintha saldanha was a nurse in england. i miss you, i love her, her daughter said. her son said to be inconsolable. in india, family members broke down, blaming the australian radio for her death and her husband saddened. kate continues to battle very acute morning sickness. william out this weekend alone. and last night he canceled an
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appearance at an event to be with his wife, both staying at kensington palace. >> i think it's only natural that the duchess is staying in london because she might be in and out of hospital for a few weeks if this morning sickness does not clear up. >> reporter: right now, the hospital is in a war of words with the radio station behind the prank call. the station and their deejays say blaming them is unfair. >> we wanted to be hung up on and play 20 seconds to air. we couldn't see this happening. it was meant to be a prank call. >> reporter: and british police have contacted their counterparts in australia. they may ask for an investigation into what happened. now, savannah, in those interviews, the radio deejays say the call was recorded and signed off by station management before it went to air but the station said several attempts were made to contact the hospital here before the
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broadcast. >> thank you. we'll talk more about the potential legal fallout to all of this, whether those deejays could be held legally responsible for the nurse's death. for now, here's matt. savannah, thank you. the investigation is moving forward into the tragic plane crash in mexico this weekend that killed several people, including the singer jenni rivero. >> reporter: good morning to you. she was raised here in southern california, has deep roots in the united states as well as over in mexico, where she was a huge crossover star. today, friends and family say they are mourning what can only be described as a huge loss. the plane's wreckage was scattered along rugged terrain. among clothes and debris, rescuers discovered jenni rivera's driver's license. there were no reports of survivors. >> bigger than life.
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that's who jenni was. >> reporter: sold more than 20 million records, multigrammy nominee. known for her style of mexican music, rivera's career was groundbreaking. just last year, selling out staples center in los angeles, the first latin star to do so. >> i could compare her to katy perry, she was a big star. >> reporter: her private leer jet departed monterey at 3:15 am, headed to teluca international airport, the plane fell off radar. just before rivera's fateful flight, this photo inside the jet was posted on facebook. her brother. >> there's nothing we can do.
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it's life. we're going to go through this. >> i love jenni. >> reporter: reality tv star with her film debut set for next month, she was a mother of five who recently had filed for divorce. born in long beach, california, to immigrant parents. for more than a decade, rivera was a crossover hit. >> jenni rivera came from nothing and achieved one of the biggest american dreams of achieving a big spotlight in the world of music. >> reporter: a dream and a superstar now gone. >> salute. >> reporter: authorities in mexico are still investigating this fatal crash. there is no word on the possible cause. funeral plans for 43-year-old jenni rivera have not been made. matt? >> thank you very much. s savannah?
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thank you very much. digging out after a record snow, now that storm is moving east. the weather channel's mike seidel is in minneapolis. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. this sunday's big snow dumped 10 1/2," biggest snowfall on record here in the twin cities. minneapolis-st. paul more snow than they had seen any single day last season, at one point coming down more than an inch an hour. for some a welcome start for winter fun. >> it's never too much. >> reporter: for drivers in the dakotas, minnesota and wisconsin, icy roads and blizzard conditions made for dangerous driving. >> be patient. that's the big thing. be patient. >> reporter: in minnesota alone, more than 600 accidents. >> there have been a lot of spinouts, a lot of people in the ditch. >> reporter: plows out in force to make sure commuters could make it to work this morning. >> it's great that it's a sunday. we don't have to deal with rush
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hour traffic. >> reporter: in rochester, minnesota, where temperatures reached record highs a week ago, parents and children don't seem to mind the change in the weather. >> we didn't get much snow last year. we're really excited to have the snow. >> reporter: area retailers were also happy to see the snow, hoping to get shoppers in the spirit of the season. >> snow is always good for the holidays, but just a little bit. not too much. >> reporter: at the evening's hollidazzle parade, calls for even more snow. >> i love this. i'm hoping for more. i hope this goes for another day or two. >> reporter: the snow has ended except for the flurries. temperatures have plummeted this morning. it's down to 20 below zero, windchill 30 below. over at the metrodome, they turned the thermostat up, hoping to avoid the ka cat asastro phe
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they suffered two years ago. >> thank you very much, mike. where do you think this will be headed? >> it's causing snow in northern new england, wet weather moving through here. we do have tornado watches down to the south. we'll take a look at that in a little bit. >> we'll get the rest of your forecast in a bit. let's head over to the news desk. natalie is over there with a look at today's news. >> good morning, everybody. house speaker john boehner and president obama met sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats have been deadlocked on how to stop tax hikes and spending cuts that are set to kick in at the beginning of the year. dallas cowboys defensive
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lineman josh brent has been released from jail after posting half a million dollars bail. he is being charged in the death of his teammate and close friend jerry brown. police say he was drunk awhen h wrecked the car that killed brown. morsi rescinded much of the de krch decree. a disputed draft of the constitution for the country. mandy drew is at the new york stock exchange. good morning to you, mandy. >> good morning, natalie. lots of headwind from overseas, political shakeup in italy and sharply slowing down chinese export growth, keeping u.s. traders on edge not to mention the vagaries of the fiscal cliff. markets move with progress or lack of progress as the case may
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be. the congressional budget office says we could be back in recession the first half of next year if a deal is not reached. those are things they're watching. >> mandy drury at the new york stock exchange, thanks. someone sign this kid up. this is christian balkner, giving the tampa bay buccaneers cheerleaders a run for their money. check him out. ♪ >> he is good. they call christian little steer, named after the mascot captain steer. in case you're wondering, yes, he can definitely teach you how to dougie. he is good. >> who are you talking about? oh, there was a little boy there also? >> nice, matt. >> when you said check this out,
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these guys -- >> in about eight years, that kid will be not be -- >> turning around a lot. >> al roker has your forecast. al? >> thank you so much. we've been talking about this system. first of all, it dumped a ton of snow in minneapolis, as you just heard, anywhere from 8 to 14" of snow before this thing finished up and moved out. now along the system we've got a risk of strong storms. look at this. from new england all the way down to texas and into the southeast and gulf coast. and, in fact, we have tornado watches up now from meridian down to morgan city until 10:00 am central standard time. there's a risk of strong storms from meridian down to chattanooga. rainfall amounts, aside from the threat of tornadoes, 3 to 5" of rain from meridian up to chattanooga. that's what's going on around the the country. first we're going to take a look at your local news. >> good morning.
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we will start out with some thick fog. a cold front will move through this afternoon.
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>> and that's your latest weather. matt? al, thank you very much. in your search for holiday deals, have you noticed that prices are falling fast at the gas pump? they're supposed to keep dropping. nbc's tom costello is in bethesda, maryland, with this. tom, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, matt. good morning. we're talking about big price drops. we've seen ten cents a gallon drop on regular unleaded in a month. they're talking about another 10 to 15, even 20 cents a gallon by christmas. that means some areas will see $3 a gallon. remember how we were all complaining just about three months ago? funny thing about gas prices. we all notice when they go up. remember labor day? the national average was $3.83 a gallon. but chicago was paying $4.34. >> the first time i ever think i filled my small little car and spent over $50. >> reporter: in just over three months, gas has dropped nearly 50 cents on average. national average now $3.35 a gallon.
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and while many of us may have missed it, they noticed it in california, where regular unleaded has dropped a full dollar from a high of $4.70 in october to $3.70 now. >> i save money. i'm happier at the tank. >> reporter: why the sudden price drop? much of it is simple, supply and demand. demand always drops during the winter and we're driving more fuel-efficient cars today. but also u.s. supply has increased dramatically. >> with crude oil production rising to an 18-year high while gasoline demand is at a 10-year low, we've become less reliant on imports to meet our demand. >> reporter: importantly, america is using nearly 700,000 fewer barrels of oil each year than we did back in 2007. so with domestic production rising, does that mean we'll never again have to worry about $4 or $5 a gallon gas? well, not yet. >> there is a very real, very good possibility that we see $4 a gallon nationally here this
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spring. $5 a gallon is still something we're looking at. wouldn't be surprised to see a few pumps at $5 a gallon, should there be another refining issue. >> reporter: for now, americans will have a few extra dollars in their pockets to spend on family and friends this holiday season. we should note that the folks in new york hit hard by hurricane sandy are still paying, on average, $3.81 a gallon, 50 cents more than the rest of the country. prices there are also expected to start coming down. matt, back to you. >> tom costello, thank you very much. savann savannah? the first family attended a party last night. peter alexander has more on this story. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. that performer is the global rap star. and, no, you won't see the president doing the gangnam
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style. took to the stage for this performance just less than a decade after apologizing for anti-american performances. >> ho, ho, ho. >> reporter: a holiday tradition, christmas in washington. >> grateful to all the outstanding performers, the choirs, the glee clubs who are sharing their tremendous talents with us. >> reporter: to be aired on tnt later this month, the international rap sensation, riding his horse amidst controversy. the most watched youtube video of all time, nearly 1 billion views but psy has come under fire for other performances that only recently went viral. long before he shot to fame making $8 million this past
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year, here he was in anti-american performances, in 2002 smashing a tank after americans were acquitted of killing two south korean girls in an accident. and lashing out against the iraq war kill those yankees, in one translation, kill them all slowly and painfully. one tweeted as far as i'm concerned psy should take his one-hit wonder back to korea. he can hate u.s. soldiers from there just fine. a petition was posted on the white house's web page, demanding that he be removed from the concert's lineup. that was pulled for violating the site's rules. almost immediately this mea culpa from psy himself, apologizing for what he called his inflammatory and inappropriate language. while i'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, i've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and i'm deeply sorry for how these
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lyrics could be interpreted, he said in a statement to nbc news. i will forever be sorry for any pain i have caused by those w d words. >> and psy declined our requests for an on-camera interview but over the weekend he told the washington post he deeply regrets those words, that now he has new perspective, he has changed since then, becoming a husband, father of twin girls and also having served in the south korean military. >> peter alexander at the white house. thank you so much. >> doesn't chanwill change a los opinion of him. >> we love that song but no excuse for what he said. >> when he said i wasn't sure how those words could be interpreted, they're pretty black and white, aren't they? hard to miss the meaning of those. >> not at all. should mtv pull its new show "buck wild" before it even airs? we'll talk to a senator demanding just that. we'll tell you why. first, this is "today" on nbc. a can of del monte green beans?
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[spider-man] we got this. ♪ [mom] this hero stuff is easy! this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. an off-duty baltimore county police officer is recovering after being shot while trying to clear a crowd blocked by traffic. it happened at dale ave and overly at 3:15 sunday morning. he asked them to move, and that is when someone in the crowd fired two shots of the vehicle.
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the officer was treated and released in the search for the shooter continues. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> fog is still pretty dense in areas, and it is committing to a busy morning rush. and accident, and the southbound on the northeast side. southbound, you can see that traffic is beginning approaching white marsh down to a mountain road. those speeds continue all the way down to the beltway, where we have the crash. taken street and eastern ave, we have an accident. 24 miles per hour from belair road towards york road. accident on the outer loop. looking at delays on the southbound j.f.x., in the red from 28th street. 26 minutes on the west side outer loop. there is a live look at traffic there. foggy on the west side.
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tony, over to you. >> busy traffic morning, and the weather is probably to blame. this should be burning off over the next couple of hours and we should get a peak of sunshine this morning. cold front this afternoon, with the chance for showers and thunderstorms. in between all that, it will wind up being mild. cooler over the next couple of days, but generally quiet. upper 40's to wrap and 50 on tuesday and wednesday. just a slight chance for
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♪ cause you're amazing just the way you are ♪ >> that is bruno mars with his hit sopg "just the way you are," one of the most influential people in the industry these days. he has a new hit coming out and we're going to talk to him tomorrow on "today" when he stops by the studio. 7:30 now on a monday morning. it is the 10th of december, 2012. i'm sav annah guthrie, alongsid matt lauer. coming up this hour, mtv is billing its new show "buck wild" as jersey shore meets
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appalachi appalachian. some people there are not happy with that show, including a senator who calls that show a travesty. some parents are taking an extraordinary step to find out if their teen is using drugs. we want to begin this half hour with more on those deejays who gave their first interview overnight over the death of the nurse caught up in their gag. their show has been canceled. lisa bloom joins us. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> obviously, we're talking about laws that are different in australia than it is in the united states. one thing is that it is a crime to record a phone call without the other person's consent and knowledge. >> you're right, savannah.
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seretipous recording of the phone call is illegal in australia. this conversation was recorded. what's really remarkable to me is that according to reports it was then played for the station's lawyers who vetted it, approved it and it went on air. all parties to a broadcast have to consent to have their voice or image broadcast, just as in the u.s. when we have prank shows here, they're recorded but then people have to sign a release. if they don't sign a release it doesn't go on air. >> are we talking about dricriml punishment potentially? >> up to five years in prison, according to australia law. not just for the deejays, but the people behind this. >> could they ever be held legally or criminally responsible for the death of the nurse? that's a much higher legal hurdle to cross, is that correct? >> well, you're right. there, the nurse's family would have to show that the death of this nurse was reasonably
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foreseeable given the prank phone call. that's a causation issue under the law that i think would be very hard to show. on the other hand, i have to say, there have been a number of on-air pranks that have resulted in suicides or tragedies like this in the past. it's not all that uncommon. >> lisa bloom, a lot of the legal questions this story raises. thank you for your perspective. >> thank you. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> announcer: t"today's" weathe is brought to you by kay jewelers. every kiss starts with kay. >> thunderstorms down south. ahead of the front, atlanta, 69 today. sh charlotte, 70. it will be 63 in new york city. chicago, 37 and light snow. thursday that front moves through and boom, temperatures fall. new york city, 45. charlotte, 49. as we look at the rest of your weather for today, we have along
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that front rain and snows in the western plains. into the pacific northwest as well. seattle getting up to 48 degrees >> good morning. we will start out with some thick fog and some drizzle. it will be mild with a high don't forget, get that weather any time you need it on weather channel on cable or new show set to air on mtv called "buck wild."
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one of the state's senators is calling the show a travesty. we'll talk to senator joe manchin in a minute. first, stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: critics say this one, "buck wild" goes too far and accuse the network of profiting from offensive stereotypes. from partying to profanity -- >> i don't give a [ bleep ] what anyone thinks. >> reporter: subtle, it's not, but mtv is banking on "buck wild" with that recipe, sin and skin and a whole lot of drama. >> how disrespectful is that? >> "buck wild" is jersey shore out of control in west virginia, screaming, yelling, cursing, people being thrown all over the place. >> reporter: just an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of west virginia. at least that's how mtv
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describes it. >> this is how you make tater salad in west virginia. >> reporter: but a travesty is what west virginia senator joe manchin calls it. >> i know the heart and soul of west virginia. >> reporter: i am repulsed at this business venture he fired off in a letter to the network, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior and now you are profiting from it, says the senator. he says it unfairly portrays ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of west virginia and is calling on mtv to ax the show before it even airs. not so fast says "buck wild" executive producer john stevens, defending his show to "entertainment weekly." it's not like looking at a train wreck, he said. it might change people's perspective perspectives. these kids are totally wild and carefree. that's something that mtv viewers know a thing about. from the real world to teen moms to the jersey shore.
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edgy shows featuring young stars pushing the limits, frequently strike ratings gold. >> shows like this are popular because we want to see people acting insane and out of control. and, my god, isn't this entertaining? >> reporter: the commotion means promotion. you just can't buy this kind of publicity. >> it's huge for "buck wild" huge in terms of dollars and sense for mtv. >> reporter: the show premieres next month in the same time slot where "jersey shore" was so successful. matt? >> stephanie gosk, thank you very much. senator joe manchin is with us. good to see you again. >> good to see you, good to talk with you. how are you? >> i'm good, thanks. have you heard anything formally from mtv? >> not really. i'm willing to sit down and talk with them. you've spent time here in west virginia. this is one of the greatest states in the nation with the best people.
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that's not who we are, that's not how we were raised. to portray this as the norm is wrong. that's all i've said. i'm hoping to prey on -- to instill some decency in people. is this what you have to do today to make a profit? >> are you accomplishing just the opposite, senator? you're right. i've spent time in west virginia. i've lived there for a while. producers of this show are now probably thanking you for adding this profile to it because it's great publicity for the show. >> the only thing i would ask the producers and all the investors in a show, is this the way you would want your town or your home state, is this how you would want your children to act? i would hope that someone has a shred of decency and saying, listen, what are we promoting? we're fighting to fix this country to turn it over to the next generation. west virginians, we've got some of the greatest young adults, young kids that accomplished an awful lot. why can't they show a balance? they're heck bent on doing what they want to do.
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i'm hoping they'll show the positive side. >> you wrote in, quote, your program offers nothing about the major issues of our time, how we move our country forward, how we prepare young people to lead this country. please accept this the way i mean it, senator. it seems like you may be looking in the wrong place for inspiration. this is reality tv. often times it seems the very purpose of it is to do the very opposite of what you're calling for. >> matt, first of all, viewers must understand, this is not reality. this is not real west virginia. if they think that, they're sadly mistaken. they've come in here and coerced these students, these young people. they've paid them money, promised them fame and fortune. they had four and five takes until they got it outrageous enough to show it. that's not reality. >> let me ask about this other angle on this. when "jersey shore" was a very popular show just south of us here, it did bring a lot of revenue to the area where they were shooting that program. do you think that the state of west virginia might be able to
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use an influx of cash that could come with this production? >> we're hardworking people, matt. we'll make it through the right way. this is not the way we want to encourage our youth to act. this is not the norm for west virginia. my friend, chris christie, the governor of new jersey, basically had the same feelings about what went on there. it doesn't portray the good people of new jersey and sure doesn't portray the wonderful people of west virginia. i'm not going to say a whole lot more about this. the first amendment gives them that right, i guess. it's a shame we've degrade to this, that this is called entertainment, matt. this is not matt. you coerce and promise a young person fame and fortune, pay them and show them how to be even more outrageous, this is not the norm of west virginia. if you want to come look at the most beautiful state, great people, come on. we would love to have you. you want to go trail riding, hiking, zip lining, white water rafting, we have it all. this is not who we are.
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>> senator joe manchin, say hi to the folks down there for me, please. >> i will. i will, matt. they miss you. >> i miss them, too. thank you for your time, senator. i appreciate it. >> thank you, matt. up ahead, the woman who survived on snow and tomatoes after she became stranded in a winter storm for nearly a week. she'll talk for the first time about a harrowing ordeal. up next, would you ever hire a drug-sniffing dog to search your own teenagers room? ! oh, look, honey... it's santa. mom... i mean, mrs. nelson, i have the perfect gift for you. oh...santa. [ male announcer ] the charmed memories collection at kay jewelers. each charm is hand-crafted in italy, and with hundreds of charms to choose from, the possibilities are endless. turn your special moments into charmed memories. one more reason kay is the number one jewelry store in america. these are for me, right? ♪ every kiss begins with kay these are for me, right?
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back now at 7:45. how far would you go to find out if your child was using drugs? some parents now are going above and beyond. janet shamlian has this story. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. is this simply good parenting or is it going too far? hiring drug-sniffing dogs like roxie, to check places where kids might be hiding drugs. her nose is so sensitive, she can detect marijuana from outside the truck even if it's stashed inside. that has made her services increasingly in demand by concerned moms and dads. this is roxie and her handler,
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kristin mauer heading to work. she's more of a private eye. but more accurately, she's a private nose, sniffing out illegal drugs. unlike the drug-sniffing dogs who work with law enforcement officers, roxie and kristin have a different client base, working for parents, checking rooms and houses for drugs. >> roxie will find drugs in places that parents will never find. >> i was very worried that my daughter was hanging around with kids that were using drugs. >> reporter: ava, a houston mom, who suspected her daughter might be using drugs called kristen. >> i was worried that she might be using drugs. >> reporter: the parent must be in the room. if roxie indicates that she found something, the parent has to uncover whatever it is. >> i just say my dog has alerted in this area. if i were you, i would search
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the entire area. i give them an idea of what they need to do next. >> reporter: roxie did find marijuana in the garage of ava's home, a discovery that was difficult for her and her daughter. >> she was upset that i invaded her privacy. >> reporter: a conversation that she says turned her daughter around. a new group of school friends and improving grades. >> the reason why i did it is to keep her safe and off drugs. >> reporter: "today" show contributor and child psychologist dr. jeffrey gardere says bringing in a drug-sniffing dogs may solve a problem but it could make the problem worse. >> i think it is an overkill. what it comes down to is having a relationship. and i don't know if you can do that if you're bringing in drug-sniffing dogs. >> reporter: for their part, kristen says her job with roxie, is when parents have nowhere
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else to turn. >> a tool that they can use to get the help they need. >> reporter: they have a steady business going. it's not an inexpensive proposition. they can cost between $200 and $ $500 of for this service to have roxie come in. there can also be a cost on the relationship between the child and the teenager. back to you. >> you bet. janet shamlian, thank you very much. coming up, hugh jackman and the cast of les miserables will be here live. hd - the world's best 7" tablet made for reading and entertainment. your favorite magazines and catalogs look better than ever. and with scrapbooking, you can save the things you love, bring them all together, and be inspired like never before. scrapbooking. create yours with nook hd - and even bigger with hd+. find yours at barnes & noble.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news i baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> busy ride, weather contributing to it. westbound bay bridge, near accident in the left lane. outer loop 702, traffic in the red leading up to the accident scene on the east side of the beltway. live picture of white marsh shows that we continue to see traffic slowing down to the 895 split. earlier accident at the beltway is gone. 19 minutes to get you through
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the outer loop northeast stretch. 21 miles per hour on the west side outer loop. 35-minute travel time there. accident off to the right shoulder. outer loop at security. delays still on 97 and 295 in both directions. >> we are starting to see a little bit of an improvement as far as fog goes. humidity is 100%. 48 degrees. we will start out and in the 40's and in most locations. it will turn out to be a mild day. complicated forecast. mixture of clouds and a little bit of sunshine after the fog and drizzle. chance for rain showers this afternoon as the cold front goes through. you might hear a rumble of thunder.
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we're back now at 8:00 on a monday morning. it is the -- what is it, the 10th of december? >> yes. >> 2012. if you're looking here, you can tell it's not the most beautiful morning here in the northeast. we've had rain overnight. lots of fog now. we have a monstrously big crowd as we get ready for the holidays. christmas eve, two weeks from today. >> don't tell me. i have a lot of shopping to do. >> i know. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie and mr. roker. and coming up, we'll meet a woman who is forced to put her survival skills to the test, stranded for nearly a week in a very rugged area, snow-covered terrain up near the
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nevada/california border. for her, it had a happy ending. tragic in other ways. we'll find out more about that. >> we all know about black friday, cyber monday. something thursday for thanksgiving. did you know it's green monday today? >> it is? >> yes, indeedy, the biggest shopping day for the month of december. you can get some good deals. we'll tell you about green monday and why it's such a big day and where to find some of the best deals, too. one of the most popular musicals of all times and now a highly anticipated film, "les miserables" coming to a movie theater near you. the star-studded cast including hugh jackman and anne hathaway joining us live in studio. >> sasha baron cohen. 16 million people have seen that show on stage. >> no pressure. >> and they love it. >> they sang live to film on this. >> exactly right.
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lots to get to. natalie is standing by at the news desk with a look at the headlines. good morning, matt, savannah and al. good morning, everyone. a navy s.e.a.l. who died rescuing an american doctor from the taliban in afghanistan is being praised as a hero. the praying was launched after forces decided that dr. joseph was in danger of injury or death. doctor joseph and two afghan staff members were kidnapped. the two afghans were released earlier. the two deejays who prank called a british hospital have now had their show canceled. a nurse tricked by the hoax was found dead friday. the deejays who imperson ated queen elizabeth and prince charles are heartbroken and say they are sorry if they played any role in the nurse's death. jenni rivera was killed
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sunday when her plane suddenly crashed shortly after takeoff from monterey, mexico. all seven people were killed in the crash. a 43-year-old california native had sold more than 24 million records and was one of the biggest stars on mexican television. south korean gangnam style singer psy did appear at last night's christmas in washington concert attended by the first family under mounting pressure, psy apologized friday after it was revealed he used anti-american language during concerts in 2002 and 2004. now for a look at what's trending today. quick roundup of what has you talking online. "new york times" short film series called "wide awake" is getting lots of buzz, featuring 13 actresses, including kyra nightly, jennifer lawrence and shirley maclaine. portrayed as a hotel maid caught in a colorful swirl of tissue
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paper is anne hathaway, who is stopping by the studio today. this monkey escaped from his owner's car and decided to go shopping in his sheerling coat. twitter accounts popped up saying i'm way overdressed for this animal shelter. this viral clip proves that humans aren't the only ones who go whoops on the ice. take a look at this. that video racked up millions of hits. it sounds like the others are saying ooh, ahh. >> love the sound effects. >> it's got to be sound effects. >> no doubt. >> the penguin actually went ow. >> my back! >> kills my backside, too. we're counting down to our
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year ender. coming this friday where we kind of put together moments from the year that have caught our imagination and maybe made us laugh a little. we want you to help us pick the best moments for this year. you can go to "today."com. you can also tweet us using the #todayfun. >> you have four days to vote. let's turn it over to mr. roker for a check of the weather. >> thanks, guys. you're expecting? >> i am. >> congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> the two of you? >> yes. >> okay. there you go. >> we had to fly all the way from phoenix to tell my parents that, though. >> you didn't want to be in the same room? >> no. not in the same city. >> when are you due? >> may 3rd. >> joining this little young lady? >> yes. >> congratulations. >> hi. >> hi. nice to see you. let's check your weather. pick city of the day happens to
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be rogers, arkansas. we're looking at knwa. temperature is at 34 degrees. and the rest of the country today, we've got that frontal system bringing strong storms down to the southeast. snow up into northern new england. look for a beautiful day in the pacific northwest. mountain snows through the plains. sunny skies in the southwest. wet weather all the way up in >> good morning. we will start out with some thick fog. a cold front will move through this afternoon.
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we are back now at 8:10 with a survivor story from nevada. search and rescue workers couldn't find her, stranded for a week. her brother refused to give up, despite freezing temperatures. andrea canning has her story. it's an amazing one. >> it is. we all need siblings like him, don't we, matt? paula lane says she learned she has more survival skills than she ever knew she had. she made socks out of kleenex and masking tape. a bag of green tomatoes helped to keep her alive for more than a week and her brother, a long time ago, taught her how to whistle really loud, something that came in handy the day he was looking for her. >> they said you survived off tomatoes and watermelon. >> no, just tomatoes. i wish it was watermelon. >> paul wra lane says she's lucky to be here. the mother of twin boys is in a
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hospital recuperating after a horrifying ordeal that could have ended with two deaths instead of one. lane and her boyfriend earlier this month, 44-year-old roderick clifton left their home to visit family in nevada. the jeep they were traveling in got stuck off the main highway. >> he went forward and the left tire just sunk. i mean, it sunk. we didn't get stuck kind of like you normally do, you know. >> reporter: after spending the night in their vehicle, stranded without any cell phone service and dealing with a massive snow storm, clifton set out to try to find help. >> 9:09 in the morning. i remember looking at my watch. and i said, you know, please just wait. and let's ride this out together and, you know, it's smarter. and he just went like this with his hand, and that was the last i saw of him and walked away. i knew i was never going to see him again. >> reporter: three days after lane last saw her boyfriend there was a break in the storm
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and she decided to venture out and look for help. after two more wet and freezing nights alone in the wilderness, help came in the form of a familiar face and sound. >> i heard somebody whistle. he goes, that's her and he yelled out, hey, baby, i'm here. we're going to come and get it. >> reporter: the storm kept rescuers getting close to lane, but her brother and his friend comma commandeered this tractor. >> i've seen her at many different looks in her life and that look right there that was the best one i've ever seen, yeah. >> unfortunately, searchers found clifton's body soon after lane was rescued. doctors say she has a minor case of frostbite. that's it. they're surprised how well she's doing considering how long she was out there in the elements. >> she's resourceful, which helps a lot. andrea, thank you very much. by the way, paula and her brother will be with us in our studio wednesday morning.
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here is savannah. >> matt, thank you. with christmas 15 days away, today marks the busiest day for online shopping and fedex deliveries. courtney is at a fedex center in the bronx, new york. >> reporter: everyone here is geared up for what ceo fred smith expects is a record shipping day in the industry. more than 300,000 employees are expected to move 19 million packages throughout the system. that's more than 200,000 per second, marking 11% increase in last year. now while christmas eve is still 14 days away, fedex counts today as their busiest day because of the record amount of packages in their system at any time. millions of gifts ordered on cyber monday will be shipped today and millions more will be ordered through today's green monday shopping event. as e-commerce continues to grow
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so, too, do the number of packages ordered and sent out. today's green monday. that means -- it's a term ebay coined in 2007 marking the biggest on dline shopping day f the month of december. as history proves that trend continues. more than $1 billion will be spent online today so that we'll be seeing the third biggest on d online sales day of the season. savannah? >> courtney reagan at fedex, thank you so much. personal finance expert and host of financially fit on yahoo! good morning. >> good morning. >> one of the days they call it green monday is because this is the last day to get your shipping without paying expedited service. >> if you order today, chances are you'll get your package by friday and then the christmas stress is over. so you really want to look at some of the deals today. there are plenty. >> we've got a couple of categories to look at for the offers that are out there.
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let's start with electronics, always the most popular item. >> biggest category. amazon is leading the pack here. they have a 51-inch samsung 3d hd t hdtv going for about $1,200. also kindle fire, very popular tablet, exclusive to amazon going for $50 and also free shipping at amazon. walmart, if you're an apple lover ipod touch bundle is starting at $179. apple ipad 2, 16 gig wi-fi, accessory in black or white from $399. then at target, if you have kids at home that want a game system, 4 gig kinect from x-box is going for a savings at $250. >> let's talk about toys. >> toys r us, 25% off all bikes, tricycles, scooters.
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skateboards, accessories, 30% off all powered ride ons, like powered scooters and things like that. walmart razr scooter for 20 bucks. target, big sales week, buy one, get one half off barbie, disney and princess toys. >> now apparel, my favorite subject. >> you want to hit up macy's. you'll save up 40% off winter coats. they're on sale everywhere. >> that's kind of surprising this time of year. >> you look at the inventory and sales are coming earlier this year. 25% off men's levis, which ends today. timb timberland, green monday sales, 30% off site wide, columbia, 30% off site wide and kohl's, 20% off site wide. use the code word jingle. >> before you press checkout on any of these things you want to do a comparison. >> it takes seconds, right? before you press buy, or
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we are back now with an ode to a winter fashion staple both practical and eye catching. national correspondent jenna wolfe is here with more on this. jen jenna, good morning. >> waiting a long time for this one. >> i have. >> you put the request in like four years ago. when the weather outside gets frightful it's quite easy to reach for our gloves, knit caps and boots but one item we rely on to stay warm and say i'm with it. i am together. it's the turtleneck. it's no secret, reptiles make good fashion. snakeskin shoes, alligator bags and turtlenecks. where and when turtlenecks came to be, nobody knows exactly. this fashion phenomenon certainly has withstood the test of time. outlasting its failed brethren, the turtle back, turtle pants and the notoriously turtle bra.
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as far as the neck, some of history's most iconic people have embraced the turtle's extending offering. the beatles on their famous album cover, icons of literature, icons of elegance and grace, icons of manhood. it's not just a staple of y yesteryear either. just ask those in the forefront of hollywood, and psy. but mainly hollywood. what is it about this that has tr transcended time? >> it's become androgenous. it's like the holy grail in fashion. >> his cousin like the dickey.
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>> they need you on the set. what, do i have something on my face? >> the full turtleneck makes a statement of its own. >> the statement the turtleneck makes can change over time. at one time it said i was just as cool as a guy. a turtleneck could say i'm a complete geek. i just want to be practical and warm. and a turtleneck can say i'm up on the latest trend. it's all about your confidence level, where you rock it, how you rock a turtleneck. it's up to you. >> so even if that statement happens to be, i am a tree or i'm batman, one thing is for certain -- >> it truly is beauty and the beast. >> no matter what, the turtleneck apparently is something we're never going to give up. ♪ never gonna give you up never gonna let you down ♪ >> for the record, i did put an e-mail request in if you would all wear turtlenecks. none of them even responded. >> i don't think you hit send
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because we didn't get it. >> they believe. >> how strong are you, getting rick in at the end? >> how about ross to wear the dickey and nothing else? >> we treat interns so well, so incredibly well. we'll chat with the cast of "les miserables" but first we'll look at some local news.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is traffic pulse 11 and sarah caldwell. >> really busy at their thanks to the fog and drizzle under the accident on the east side -- outer loop traffic on the east side. on average, 17 miles per hour. pretty big backup on southbound 9-95 for mountain road to the 895 split. if you want to head south of harrisburg expressway, to mount
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carmel expect -- delays from padonia down to mount carmel. this delay extends back to greenspring all the way down to edmondson. 795, about a 24-minute travel time. you can see how heavy and foggy it is. tapping the brakes big-time all the way towards the beltway. southbound 795 out of owings mills in the red. lingering delays on 295 making a reports 32. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> dog is still pretty thick in most neighborhoods. -- fog is still pretty thick in most neighborhoods. we should see improvement over the next hour or so. still in the 50's on the eastern shore, where the fog is burned off. 64 this afternoon with clouds and a little sunshine.
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chance for a few showers and thunderstorms this afternoon as well. breezy and much cooler tomorrow with highs in the 40's to around 50. >> back with another update at 8:56. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943.
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♪ 8:30 now on a monday morning, the 10th of december, 2012. we are very lucky this morning to have a lot of wonderful elves collecting toys from folks on our plaza. that's hugh jackman, eddie redmayne, part of the cast of "les mis," hear to talk about
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the amazing film. we'll chat with them in a few moments. >> also in our studio right now, howie mandel is hosting a new show called "take it all" encouraging contestants to show their worst side. fantastic! we'll talk to him about that in a few seconds. >> which side was that? >> we know which side. have you ever dreamt about going to an elite school like brown or columbia but didn't have the grades or the money? now there's a way to do it for free from your own home. we'll tell you about that. also from crowded flights to noisy hotel neighbors we'll show you the proper way to deal with the most annoying holiday travel challenges coming up. before we get to all that, we want to get a check of the weather. >> starting off with today, wet weather up and down the east
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coast with icy conditions, northern new england look for snow in the plains. along the west coast, fabulous weather today. tomorrow that front pushes through. temperatures cool down in the midatlantic states, the northeast. cold around the great lakes. frigid up in new england. we have more snow and more rain in the pacific northwest. look for sunny skies southwest on into texas. that's what's te >> good morning. we will start out with some thick fog and some drizzle. it will be mild with a high >> that's your latest weather. >> mr. roker, take a look. we have got the entire cast of
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"les miserables," hugh jackman, anne hathaway, sasha baron cohen, amanda seyfried,seyfried. last time i saw you, you were filthy. you all clean up well. what was it like to take on this project? >> amazing. "les miserables" is so close to so many people's heart. when you have the opportunity to take that to the big screen, with this cast, with these actors it was amazing. >> you actually sing live during this production and they added the orchestration live. but show of hands, who here was terrified when you learned you had to sing live? >> not them.
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>> and, anne the famous "i dream of dream" is said to be done in one take. >> i know it appears that way. but most of the film because of the live singing in a multi-camera format. it wasn't like there was a ton of pressure on me, you must deliver at this time all in one take. i knew he was going to be able to cut it. i think he made that decision only a few weeks ago. >> you got to start rehearsing two months before you began filming. how much of a jump-start was that? >> we all did. >> not just you. >> just to be clear, my live singing is actually sasha behind a curtain. it is live but he's doing it for me. >> just jump in. the biggest challenge you face in shooting this? >> the live singing. >> yeah. >> vocal coaches beforehand to make sure we were up to scratch.
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>> amanda, you sang before in "mama mia." did you give them pointers? >> i had no confidence. it was so different, two different worlds. stamina was the biggest issue. >> amanda, you had this role -- >> eponine, yeah. >> on stage in london. would it have been hard for you to watch the movie to watch someone else up there playing that role? >> i don't know. when i found out it was going to be filmed, i never imagined i would be cast to do it. >> we have to ask you, what was your favorite part about being in the movie? >> the experience, and with all the famous actors. >> who is the best singer in the group? >> i think that would have to be me. i have the range and the power
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and the emotion that some of the others lack. >> you didn't even need a microphone. >> no, no. >> a lot of inspiration from your work actually on "the dictator." >> thank you very much. >> did you get a sense of what it was like to shoot this movie. congratulations. >> can't wait to see it. >> and this opens -- >> christmas day. >> christmas day. >> well done, guys. thank you very much. first this is "today" on nbc. @ (@ @@@
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we moved inside with hugh jackman to talk about his role jean valjean in "les miserables." take a look. ♪ how can i ever face my fellow man how can i ever face myself again ♪ ♪ i made that long ago gave me hope when hope was gone he gave me strength to journey on ♪ ♪ who am i ♪ who am i >> hugh jackman, welcome back. they say lead with flattery. you were just standing next to the academy award winning director of this and he said if hugh jackman didn't exist, i don't think i would have done this film. >> i wish he had told me that earlier. >> could have negotiated a
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slightly better deal. >> that's extraordinary. >> particularly coming from a genius like him. he had no business taking on a movie musical 15 months after winning the oscar. >> you've done musical theater. i've seen you. you're remarkable at that. but doing it on film, big difference is what? except for the audience? >> the big difference is the camera is here. we used to rehearse, tom used to get right up in our face and that just gives you freedom to not only have to worry about the background, you can be intimate if you want. you can be private. and singing live, which hadn't been done before, which is like theater. we would be singing for 12 hours a day. so that is a challenge. >> and people now are getting the sense, they're watching the video we're running right here. this isn't just a group of actors belting out the signature songs of a show. this is you're singing the spoken word as well.
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>> yes. really the most incredible story with the most incredible characters. and you have to forward this whole story through song. it has to touch deep down and it has to be emotional. therefore, it had to be live. >> did you provide support for each other? you've got a great cast. >> yeah. >> i'm thinking did you get to sit in on, for example, anne hathaway shooting her scenes, and "i dream a dream." >> it's like that feeling you have in a theater whereas a group you're together, no matter what. we rehearsed for nine weeks. we all knew each other, spent time together. russell crowe would have famous parties at his house, great sing alongs and everybody was there for everybody else. it was amazing. >> you seem to have regained the physique and weight i'm used to seeing you at. but you check out the beginning of this movie and it's very clear you lost a lot of weight to play jean valjean in the
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beginning. >> yes. one thing with film you can show that time that you can't show on stage. my wife gripped my hand, she was sort of worried for me. he wanted me to be unrecognizable in the beginning, which i did. but from the beginning to the end i had to put 30 pounds on. it was about a three to four-month shoot. it was the role of a lifetime. >> i was try iing to think, as was watching -- i know there are all kinds of beautiful trailers just out of camera's shot and you've got catering and all that stuff but it has an incredibly gritty feel to it. >> yes. >> the finished product. i wanted to purell throughout the entire movie. what was it like shooting in those scenes? >> it was cold. it was wet. tom is a stickler for reality, unfortunately. we pretty much lived it.
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unlike the characters, we had hot showers and where's my evian. because it's a french story. >> that's right. you got very emotional at a certain stage of an interview when talking about the kind of choice you have to make every once in a while as an actor to spend time away from your family. it's a rule you try to keep but you can't always keep it. >> it's my wife's rule. i met deb, she did about 20 movies and said we're not going to spend more than two weeks apart. and i said great. the wisdom of that really have shown through. people go off. you work for periods of time. it's not -- people think it's temptation. it's not that. it's just in a marriage you can get used to living apart or used to experiencing everything together. good or bad. that's how we always wanted to do it. this was the first time i've been away from my family and i've got to say it was a brutal experience. i'm not sure if i would do it again but, you know, deb is the
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best thing that ever happened to me. and my kids. it's my priority. you've met deb. >> i have and it came shining through in your words. congratulations. you're wonderful in this role. >> thank you. >> it hits theaters christmas day. how you can get an ivy league education for free. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back at 8:46. what if you could take courses from prestigious universities like princeton, stanford, duke and others for free? well, you can. jamie gangel is in washington to explain how. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. truly a revelation in education. some of the elite universities
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are offering these classes, let's say it again, for free. and they are attracting millions of students, include iing a cou who might surprise you. from finance to calculus to poetry. >> let's go to a second passage. >> reporter: world class professors are now offering their courses absolutely free. want to discover your inner passion for emily dickinson? >> her work is done in the realm of possibility. >> reporter: all you need is a computer and internet access. classes are known as massive open online courses or mooc. offered by several start-up companies, the largest and fastest growing is called coursera, the brainchild of these two professors. their goal is to revolutionize
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education. >> giving us the opportunity to provide people with education so they can keep learning stuff that can make them either productive members of society or happier by learning new things. >> education is an equalizer, raises people's abilities, salary salaries. >> reporter: in less than a year they've succeeded beyond their wildest speculation. 33 of some of the most famous schools have joined up and now offer more than 200 different courses. here is history at the world of princeton, astronomy at duke or guitar at the berkeley college of music. but perhaps the most amazing statistic is the number of students. as of this fall, 2 million people have signed up. and, thanks to the internet, we met a few. 16-year-old cristos lives in greece and has taken more than
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five different computer courses. >> i now know what i want to study at university and what i want to do in my life. >> reporter: 22-year-old from kazakhstan got a job with twitter after taking artificial intelligence. >> you can gain all the top knowledge from a top university. >> reporter: in northern virginia, 14-year-old sophia and her mother, laura, have completed a variety of classes. >> you can sit on your couch in your pjs and learn about any topic that interests you. >> reporter: do you have a sense of what grade you would give yourself? >> probably an a minus. i'm a little rusty. i don't know about you. >> i would give myself an a plus. >> reporter: back at the university of pennsylvania, poetry professor says opening his class has changed his whole feeling about teaching. >> i like it because i get to teach people all over the world. they're self selective. because they're not getting
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credit at the moment and it's free, they come because they're interested in my topic, which is modern poetry. >> reporter: normally you would teach how many? >> 38. >> reporter: 38 people? >> not 38,000 but 38 people. >> reporter: now you're teaching? >> 34,000 plus. >> pretty nice for a teacher. this seminar is now seen around the the world. >> it's really like reality tv. the reason why students keep coming back week after week, despite their busy lives, to this noncredit course is they want to know what happens next. >> reporter: one of those very busy students who tunes in every week is none other than u.s. senator dick durbin. >> i wanted to take something that was unpredictable. i never had a poetry course. >> reporter: senator durbin admits he is a little behind on his homework. no, the dog didn't eat it. he blames the recent presidential election. >> i got a little work to do. >> reporter: he showed us a poem he wrote for class and says going back to school has enriched his life.
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>> there's a world out there of people who read poetry and appreciate it and i want to be part of that world. >> reporter: which is exactly what the professors hope for, whether it's across a classroom or across the internet. there are still many questions about the future of these online courses. cour coursera is quick to point out they don't believe it's a substitute for the classroom but they are working on how students can get credit, how to grade papers, give exams. and, savannah, they're already trying to figure out how to prevent cheating. >> well, some things never change, i guess. jamie gangel, thank you. to learn more about coursera, logon to the ultimate game of give and take. howie mandel tells us about his new game show. first this is "today" on nbc. before cold & flu season, help prevent
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our good friend, howie mandel is the host of a new game show that premieres tonight on nbc. >> this is called "take it all" where contestants have a chance to steal from their opponents. take a look. >> from an opponent. >> from an opponent? >> yeah. >> whoa! >> hold on. which one do you want to take? >> i want to go to rock n roll
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camp. >> no. >> yes! >> howie mandel, welcome back. i love when you combine a game show with a concept that brings out the absolute worst in people. that's great. >> it's cunning gamesman. it's gamesmanship. the prizes that they get. it's like secret santa or white elephant but hundreds of thousands of dollars, cars, hovercrafts, submarines, they could take from each other. >> like a yankee swap. >> yankee swap but the deal is -- i'm still on the deal. the deal is whoever has the least valuable prize gives it back and goes home until two are left and they accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and now they face off against each other. they have a choice. keep mine or take it all. i can be cunning and gamesman-like and say, you know what?
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i have no money. i lost my job. i have three kids. i'm going to keep my car, my hovercraft and you'll do the same, right? it's a deal, right? you'll do that. then i say lock it in as the host and i was playing you because i go take it all. you said keep mine. i take all my prizes, all your prizes and you have nothing. >> again, the worst of human nature. >> that's good gamesmanship. if you both do take it all and you don't trust the person, they end up with nothing or they can both keep their hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. you can also play along online. it's like the price is right meets deal or no deal meets jerry springer. >> are you jerry springer in this case? >> or steve wilkos. >> i'm neither. you watch the people. there's a lot of anger and emotion and laughing and screaming. it starts tonight after "the voice." it's a six-day event. it's not just a show. this is an event. >> this gets picked up, now are you doing this show and "america's got talent"?
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>> you never know. >> can you lock it in? >> you can lock it in. >> will you take it all? deal or no deal? >> watch tonight. there's hovercrafts and submari submarines, things you've never seen before. >> 9:00, 8:00 central time here on nbc. >> this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >>. good. i am mindy basara. ravens find themselves in a losing streak for the first time since 2009. joe flacco got off to a roaring start, but the redskins came back to tie the game and eventually won on an overtime field ravens lose 31, 28.
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>> any fog left out there should be burning off. chance for a few showers and a slight chance for a thunderstorm. >> thank you for joining us. we're back with another weather update at 9:25.
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